233 LGAS IN 32 STATES RISK HEAVY FLOODING, NEMA WARNS
The Director-General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha’ Ahmed, has raised the alarm over risk of 233 identified local government areas, in 32 states and FCT that have been forecasted to be prone to heavy flooding this year
The NEMA Boss announced this at a National Consultative Workshop on 2022 Flood Preparedness, Mitigation and Response, organised by the agency in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said that the workshop was one of the steps outlined by the agency to bring stakeholders together.
He said it was to collectively prepare and provide strategies to strengthen flood risk mitigation and effective response.
“This followed the 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction released by Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and the Annual Flood Outlook released by Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).
”Efforts must be made to mitigate and respond effectively to flooding.
“We have sent advisory letters and maps showing predicted flood risk areas in various states to the respective state governments.
“We have also produced risk maps for vulnerable local government areas as forecasted by NIHSA’s Annual Flood Outlook,” he said.
He added that state emergency management agencies as well as local emergency management committees must be proactive.
He said this would ensure effective and efficient flood preparedness, mitigation and response.
On her part, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq called on relevant stakeholders to take proactive measures in addressing flood and its associated impacts.
Farouq, who was represented by Deputy Director, Disaster Management, at the ministry, Dr Abubakar Suleiman added that adequate information must be sent out to the public for effective preparation.
“Intensification of public enlightenment campaigns; targeting vulnerable communities to undertake mitigation actions and prepare for evacuation to safe ground.
“Identification of high grounds for possible internally displaced persons’ camps, to shelter evacuated communities.
“De-silting river channels and canals and removal of all refuse, weeds, water hyacinths and floats from water channel, drainage and on all avenues for river run offs so as to allow free flow of flood waters,” she said.
FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets
THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday
Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.
“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.
“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.
“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”
The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.
Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service
The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,
The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).
DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt
The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real
DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.
A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.
“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.
“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”
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